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STATE OF THE STADIUMS: IT'S TIME TO SHUFFLE OFF TO BUFFALO

     Earlier this month, reports indicated that NFL Commissioner
Paul Tagliabue asked Bills Owner Ralph Wilson to consider playing
some league games at SkyDome in Toronto.  But officials of Erie
County, which owns and operates Rich Stadium, plan to sign the
Bills to a new lease after their current lease expires in '98 and
have a $23M renovation of Rich Stadium already in progress, which
will add 14 new luxury boxes.  The team does have a friendly
lease, good luxury seating, and one of the largest capacities of
any NFL stadiums.  Today, we continue to examine our State of the
Stadiums with a profile of Rich Stadium in Buffalo.
STADIUM:
Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
AGE: Completed in 1971.
OWNERSHIP: Owned by Erie County, New York
CAPACITY: 80,091 — 2nd highest in the NFL.
NAMING RIGHTS: Bills paid an undisclosed amount for naming rights from Rich Products, a family-owned company in New York, agreement runs through 1998.
LUXURY SEATS: 88 suites — 1,000 enclosed club seats — owned and operated by the Bills.
GAME-DAY: Team pays for all game-day personnel.
MAINTENANCE: Team handles routine maintenance. City pays for extensive strutural repair.
CONCESSIONS: Ogden Food Services, team splits % of net revenue 50/50 with the county.
ADVERTISING: Team receives all advertising revenue.
PARKING: 12,500 spots at $7, revenue split 50/50 with county.
LEASE: Expires at the end of 1998.
RENT: $660,298 — 6th lowest in NFL.

(Source: Buffalo Bills; rent figure from Florida Times-Union article on July 24, 1994.)
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